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Tunes of Glory

British acting greats Alec Guinness and John Mills are outstanding as two officers engaged in a battle of wills in this military drama.

Dir Ronald Neame
Prod Albert Fennell
Scr James Kennaway
With Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dennis Price
Sales Janus Films

Britain’s entry to the 1960 Venice Film Festival won John Mills the Best Actor award, but also had certain British critics frothing. Its unusual tale of two rival COs – one who worked his way up through the ranks, the other officer class – shines a light on the psychological effects on soldiers when war ends. Class comes to the fore: Guinness was offered the part of Eton-educated Basil Barrow but opted to play against type and gives a storming performance as the Glaswegian Jock Sinclair with an unconventional approach to military life. This very British tale broke box-office records in America, its simple narrative style attuned to studying its subjects and generating tension through dialogue and performance.

Josephine Botting

Additional information

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with Janus Films and The Museum of Modern Art. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

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